Scott Goodyear knows Indy 500

Scott Goodyear, closing fast on rival Al Unser, Jr. at the finish, comes agonizingly close to...

Scott Goodyear, closing fast on rival Al Unser, Jr. at the finish, comes agonizingly close to winning the 1992 Indianapolis 500. (Sun files)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:03 PM ET

TORONTO - It was Sunday, May 24, 1992 and Scott Goodyear was part of the greatest finish in Indianapolis 500 history.

For almost all of the final 10 laps of the 200-lap race his No. 15 Walker Racing Lola T92/00 was glued to the back of Al Unser Jr.’s No. 3 Galles/KRACO Racing Chevrolet.

Goodyear looked right, looked left, but at every opportunity to pass, Little Al would throw a block.

Coming out of Turn 4

on the final lap at the mighty Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Goodyear thought he saw his chance.

A couple of hundred yards from the finish line he moved to Unser’s inside getting a sling-shot effect that he was sure would take him to victory — something no other Canadian had done at the storied race track.

He got right beside Unser, wheel to wheel, as they crossed the yard of bricks.

Goodyear held his breath, waiting to hear from his team that he had completed the pass.

But it was not to be.


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